Speaking to your doctor
If you find speaking to your doctor about your symptoms daunting, we’ve included some tips to help you with your discussions.
Your doctor will probably ask you lots of questions. Ahead of your visit, you may want to take a few minutes to think about what these might be, your answers and/or details you want to share:
Write down your symptoms and the things that set off your asthma for a week or two — look for any patterns leading up to an increase in asthma symptoms or attacks
If dust, pet dander, or cockroaches are present when your asthma symptoms start, it may mean your asthma is worsened by these allergens, so it’s a good idea to mention this. Have a think about the situations you find yourself in when your symptoms start or worsen, and if there are allergens about
Your doctor may ask you how your asthma is today (the day of your appointment). While you might be having a good day, have a think about how your asthma has been in general – for the last week, fortnight or month
Be open and honest — don’t leave anything out
To help you get the advice and answers you’re looking for, have a list of your own questions to ask your doctor or nurse. You may want to start with these and add your own:
How do I know if my asthma is affecting my daily life or not? Take our survey by clicking here for a guide on how your asthma is currently affecting your day to day life, print a copy of your results and share them with your doctor
How do I know what type of asthma I have?
How do I know if my asthma is mild or severe?
How do I know if my asthma is made worse by allergens?
Do I need to be tested for an allergy? What would the test be and how is it taken?
What suggestions can you offer to help keep my asthma controlled? Can I have a personalised asthma action plan?
What asthma treatments and medications are suitable for me?
If you have a young child with asthma, you may also want to ask the following1:
How often do we need to see a doctor or nurse?
Why are controllers needed every day, even when my child is feeling well? Could we just use the reliever?
Why does my child sometimes wheeze even though they are taking the medicine?
How can I tell when my child needs more or less medicine?
How do I know which inhaler is best for us, and whether we’re using it properly?
How do we clean the spacer?
What are the benefits and risks of alternative treatment options?